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  • Started 9 years ago by Wizardling
  • Latest reply 9 years ago from Wizardling
  • Wizardling Member

    Whatever happened to the Mirror placeholder file that could be placed to prevent mirroring of certain files or directories in the destination directory?

    TIA,
    Jamie Kahn Genet

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Fetch does not support Mirror placeholder files (you may be thinking of Interarchy).

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Wizardling Member

    Originally posted by JimMatthews:

    Fetch does not support Mirror placeholder files (you may be thinking of Interarchy).

    Thanks Jim - I suppose I must be thinking of using Anarchie years ago. Well anyway - I guess there's a feature request from me for the latest version. It's not something I've used much (obviously since I couldn't remember :-) ), but it would have been invaluable for my work today.

    Regards,
    Jamie Kahn Genet

    P.S. The forum's spellchecker doesn't work anymore - it says "registration has expired".

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Thanks for letting me know about the spell checker; I've removed that button.

    And thanks for the feature suggestion. I don't remember exactly how Anarchy did this -- do you recall if you put placeholders in the destination folder, or in the source folder?

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Wizardling Member

    G'day Jim.

    I downloaded an old v3 copy of Anarchie from <ftp://ftp.stairways.com/old_versions/interarchy/3/> to find out. From the mirror place holder's readme:

    "Place copies of the Mirror Place Holder file in your source directory and Anarchie will ignore the corresponding file or folder on the remote site. For example, place a copy of the file named "logs" in your directory and then Interarchy will ignore the corresponding directory named "logs" when it mirror uploads rather than deleting all your log files."

    HTH,
    Jamie Kahn Genet

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Thanks for looking that up. By default Fetch will ignore all the items at the destination of a mirror that don't exist in the source. Fetch will only delete those items at the destination if you check the "Delete stray items at destination" box.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Wizardling Member

    Originally posted by JimMatthews:

    Thanks for looking that up. By default Fetch will ignore all the items at the destination of a mirror that don't exist in the source. Fetch will only delete those items at the destination if you check the "Delete stray items at destination" box.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Hey again, Jim :-)

    You're saying Fetch won't delete anything unless you set that preference - I get that (and have it set as appropriate). A mirror place holder feature would still be of great advantage. Take work a couple days ago - I had two directories on different servers. The source one had approx. 2GB of unneeded directories and individual files. The destination folder however, had only 800MB free space. You see my problem.

    Actually, have I been dumb not to realise (thought _just_ popped into my head) that I could put a file in place of directories or files with the same name and simply have that work with the above 'don't delete' preference set? Was that what you were actually suggesting? Or is my reasoning faulty here?

    TIA,
    Jamie Kahn Genet

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    No, that would not work well. Your placeholder files at the destination would keep Fetch from uploading older files, but they wouldn't stop Fetch from trying to upload folders, and reporting an error when that failed.

    It sounds like we need a better way to exclude certain items in the source folder from being mirrored. I'll think about ways we could do that.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 9 years ago #

  • Wizardling Member

    Originally posted by JimMatthews:

    It sounds like we need a better way to exclude certain items in the source folder from being mirrored. I'll think about ways we could do that.

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Oh well. Thanks for looking into it Jim. In another few months when I actually need this facility again maybe I'll be able to use Fetch. In the meantime Fetch is still one of my favourite internet applications :-)

    Regards,
    Jamie Kahn Genet

    Posted 9 years ago #

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